Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea: how the money stacks up

Ahead of Tuesday's tasty Champions League encounter at the Parc des Princes, we look at the big numbers governing PSG and the Premier League leaders.

Like Scrooge McDuck in the title sequence of the animated quack-a-thon that was DuckTales, both PSG and Chelsea are swimming in cash at present – but how do the two teams compare?

To give you some idea of just how rich both the Parisians and Blues are going into Tuesday's Champions League encounter between two of football’s newly-rich fat cats, we thought we would compare and contrast some figures for you.

How much are their owners worth?

Though Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is no slouch, with the Russian billionaire worth an estimated $9 billion as of 2015, his numbers pale in comparison with the money behind PSG.

Backed by the Qatar Investment Authority, the group is in possession of over $170 billion in assets with that number believed to be rising on a near-daily basis.

Record Transfer Fees Paid

The recruitment of Edinson Cavani from Napoli in 2013 for €64.5 million is not only PSG’s highest ever fee paid for a player, it’s also the most expensive signing in the history of French football.

Not to be outdone, however, Chelsea’s record expenditure was set back in 2011 when the Blues paid Liverpool £50 million for Fernando Torres. Diego Costa is the most expensive signing currently on the books at Stamford Bridge, having moved to the Blues last summer for £32 million.

Torres is no longer the most expensive signing in the history of British football however, with Angel Di Maria’s move from Real Madrid to Manchester United setting a new record of £59.7 million (€75 million) in 2014.

Record Transfer Fees Received

Oddly enough it’s PSG who are responsible for setting Chelsea’s record transfer fee received, having paid €62.6 million or £50 million for David Luiz prior to the World Cup in Brazil.

The Parisian’s record transfer fee received remains and oldie but a goodie - €32.25 million from Barcelona in 2003 for Ronaldinho. Aside from the Brazilian the second most significant amount received was €19 million from Liverpool for Mamadou Sakho.

Top Ten Transfers compared

Of the 10 most expensive players signed in the history of Paris Saint-Germain, nine out of the 10 names on the list remain at the club, with the 10 players recruited at a total cost of roughly €379 million.

Chelsea’s top 10 signings, meanwhile, equate to an expenditure of £294.2 million or €395.94 million by today’s exchange rate with just five of the ten acquisitions still at the club on the same terms (Didier Drogba not included).

Top Ten Sales compared

Based on the money recouped as part of their 10 best-ever sales, Paris Saint-Germain have made €128.575 million from transfers compared with Chelsea’s return of £225 million or €302.55 million.

With five of Chelsea’s top six sales coming in recent years under Jose Mourinho, it would appear that the Blues have taken a different approach to transfers in recent times which are more in line with the Financial Fair Player (FFP) regulations already in place.

Financial Results

Back in April 2014 the Associated Press revealed that PSG recorded annual losses of around €130m, though this was temporarily wiped out by the announcement of a back-dated sponsorship deal with the Qatar Tourism Authority – a deal later voided under FFP rules.

In November 2014 Chelsea FC plc revealed it had made a profit of £18.4 million for the year ended June 30th 2014 with record turnover of £319.8 million. It was the second profit in three years for the club and the largest since Abramovich took control over a decade ago.

Prior to this, the previous highest profit had been £1.4 million made back in 2012.

Starting XI

The team that featured for Chelsea in their last Premier League match against Everton, including substitutes used, cost the club a grand total of £227.86 million or £16.275 million per player with the Blues defeating the Toffees 1-0 thanks to a goal from £32 million signing Willian.

When PSG faced Caen in Ligue 1 last Saturday, the Parisians fielded a team that cost a total of €272.61 million or £367.09 million, which equates to £26.22 million per player.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi scored in a 2-2 draw, with the pair recruited for a combined fee of around €46 million.

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